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Weekly Green News Update for Week 29 (July 13 to 19), 2015

Weekly environmental news roundup from across different media networks for week 29 (between July 13 to 19) 2015.

1. NGT directs govt to submit its views on air pollution in Delhi

The National Green Tribunal on Monday directed the Union transport ministry to submit its views on what is contributing to air pollution in Delhi.

2. Government doesn’t know what causes pollution in Delhi

On Monday, the NGT ordered the Union Transport Ministry to submit its views on what causes air pollution in New Delhi after the Centre said in an affidavit that vehicles are not the major factor behind it.

3. 8 multi-level lots ready

Multi-level parking facilities in South Delhi that were supposed to be ready in time for the Commonwealth Games in 2010 are now finally nearing completion.

4. Won’t Compromise on Air Quality, Women Safety: Delhi to App-Based Taxi Services

Tightening its noose on app-based taxi aggregators including Uber and Ola, the AAP government has decided not to compromise with Delhi’s air quality and women safety by directing the companies to only run CNG-based taxis which also have GPS and license, to operate in capital.

5. AIIMS to launch cleanliness drive

The country’s premier medical, research and teaching centre — All India Institute of Medical Sciences — is all set to pick up the broom and turn its nearly 138-acre campus into the cleanest and most hygienically kept medical establishment in the country.

6. EDMC maps all its parks

East Delhi’s municipal parks and everything inside them, including trees, swings and lights, are being mapped by the civic body in the first step towards improving their condition.

7. Dip in housing demand across NCR

The residential market in the National Capital Region is stuck with an estimated unsold inventory of 1.7 lakh units, while another 90,000 under-construction dwelling units are likely to be delayed for handover, a recent survey conducted by the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India has revealed.

8. Pilot project to improve sewage facility gets the nod

Delhi government on Friday gave nod to a pilot project for using bio-digester sewage and water treatment technology to improve sewage facility and revive a dying pond in Aya Nagar area in south-west Delhi.

9. ‘River linking crucial for water security’

The Union Government has said that the river inter-linking programme was crucial for water and food security, and sought the cooperation of the States in implementing it. The Ken-Bewta link between Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh will be the first project.

10. Govt nod for formation of DUDA

The Delhi government has approved the proposal of constituting the Delhi Urban Development Agency (DUDA) in each district, which will work as a central agency for the execution of developmental projects as well as maintenance of public assets.

11. Allow public to use park as lung space: NGT

Observing that privatising and commercialising green areas will deny people re-creation and health benefits, the National Green Tribunal has directed a private banquet owner in Asiad Tower and the DDA to use part of a district park for marriage parties for not more than 10 days a month and allow the public to use it as lung space for the rest.

12. Faulty design leaves road accident-prone

The faulty design of the road near ISBT in Kashmere Gate is among a host of reasons to blame for frequent accidents, say Traffic Police officers.

13. Farm tourism to get a push at Surajkund

To boost farm tourism and attract more tourists from India and abroad, the Haryana Tourism Department plans to promote farm houses during the annual Surajkund International Crafts Mela, which will be held from February 1 to 15 at Surajkund in Faridabad.

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